December 5, 2022

Nottingham Forest are nonetheless exploring potential replacements for Steve Cooper and retain an curiosity in Rafa Benitez… however the uncertainty over the supervisor’s place has unsettled members of the squad

  • Forest haven’t dominated out sticking with Cooper regardless of poor begin to the season
  • However the membership are taking a look at alternate options ought to they resolve to sack him
  • Sportsmail understands gamers have been unsettled by the scenario on the membership 

Nottingham Forest are persevering with to discover potential replacements for boss Steve Cooper and retain a robust curiosity in Rafael Benitez.

The membership have been contemplating their subsequent transfer since Monday’s 4-0 defeat at Leicester, which left them backside of the desk. Sportsmail understands members of Forest’s squad have been left unsettled by the sense of uncertainty, because it emerged on Tuesday that the roles of Cooper and quite a lot of senior figures – together with these of chief government Dane Murphy and head of recruitment George Syrianos – have been below menace.

Forest’s subsequent sport is at residence to Aston Villa on Monday and the membership haven’t dominated out displaying religion in Cooper for now. Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday that the contract provide introduced to the Welshman, who led Forest to promotion earlier this 12 months, was now not on the desk. Benitez is accessible and is extremely skilled within the Premier League after managing Liverpool, Newcastle and Everton.

Cooper has come under pressure after Forest slumped to their fifth straight defeat on Monday

Cooper has come below strain after Forest slumped to their fifth straight defeat on Monday

But it’s believed the turbulence of the previous 48 hours has affected sure members of the squad, the vast majority of whom take pleasure in working with Cooper.

There’s a feeling among the many gamers that the earlier Forest set up a transparent plan for the way in which ahead, the higher it is going to be for the group’s prospects.

Forest have acquired 23 new gamers since promotion, spending about £150million since promotion. In addition to Syrianos and Murphy, head of scouting Andy Scott’s function can also be regarded as below assessment.

Although they’ve proven promise in assault, they’ve been properly under par in defence, conceding 21 occasions within the league and throwing away leads in residence matches towards Bournemouth and Fulham, who have been additionally promoted final season.

Whereas he’s reluctant to criticise the gamers publicly, Cooper bemoaned their lack of aggressive edge after the humbling at King Energy Stadium, which was Leicester’s first win within the league this time period.

Forest are thought to retain a strong interest in former Liverpool and Everton boss Rafa Benitez

Forest are thought to retain a robust curiosity in former Liverpool and Everton boss Rafa Benitez